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Ian Wright describes potential midfield partnership at Arsenal as a “dream”

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has named Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Yves Bissouma as an ideal partner for Thomas Partey, explaining that the Gunners “need someone next to Partey of real calibre”.

Bissouma has impressed since joining the Seagulls from Ligue 1 side Lille in 2018 and he has been linked with a host of top Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester United.

Wright, who scored 113 Premier League goals in his career, believes Bissouma would be an excellent signing for the Gunners.

Speaking on Optus Sport’s ‘The Kelly and Wrighty Show’, he said: “You need someone next to Partey of real calibre. People keep mentioning Bissouma, if only.

Ian Wright believes Arsenal “need someone next to Partey of real calibre” and has named Yves Bissouma as an ideal partner

“Someone like Bissouma, but Arsenal have to be in European competition.

“We need that player next to him, we want to play out the back – get it to Partey, and have that solidity of Partey and – I know I’m dreaming, but Bissouma – to get the people to a player like [Martin] Odegaard, if he stays. A massive if.”

Despite speculation about Bissouma’s future at the club, Brighton boss Graham Potter remains relaxed about the situation.

Speaking back in December, Potter said: “I have never been a coach that worries about losing a player.

Bissouma has impressed at Brighton this season (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“If you worry about losing players to teams higher up the hierarchy – because that’s ultimately what it is – and the club think selling the player is the right thing to do, then it’s a result of doing something well.

“I don’t think you should ever worry about that. It’s part of football and a lot of it is talk, speculation or nonsense.

“There’s always truth as well somewhere, but I am not worried about anything. I am just helping the players to improve, to get them to the highest level of performance that I can and then we will see.”




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